Featured Restaurant on Rick's DineSite Journal


Cafe Marquesa


600 Fleming Street Key West, Florida

Website: http://www.marquesa.com/cafe.htm
Tel: (305) 292-1919
email: marquesahotel@bellsouth.net
Cuisine: American
Review: 18/20
Awards:  2004 - 2005 Triple A 4-Diamond Award, Zagats Survey - "Top Restaurant," DiRona Award - (Distinguished Restaurants of North America)
Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
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July 19, 2006 - *

The atmosphere is cosmopolitan -stylish, elegant, bright, airy, intimate and comfortable - a trendy feeling that one could be in London, Paris, New York, Chicago, or San Francisco - or Key West!  The main dining room has the feel of a elegant neighborhood bistro setting. A wall of windows with high ceilings ensures bright and open feeling. Adequate spacing allows for comfortable setting. The wooden floors and warm colored walls with tastefully decorated fixtures with white linen table settings provide a subtle warmth and elegance.     
Atmosphere - 5/5

Food - Specialties include grilled meats and fresh, local seafood, complemented by inventive appetizers and salads as well as fresh baked breads and desserts made daily. Specialties include Seared Brioche Dusted Yellowfin Tuna, Goat Cheese & Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb and Grilled Marinated Key West Shrimp. The selections are prepared well and presented nicely. The seafood conch chowder is delicious. The entree's are prepared and presented with care and elegance. 
Food - 4.5/5

Wine - The winelist is minimally adequate with a range of selections to complement all the menus selections. It is thoughtfully and carefully prepared. There is a broad selection of wines by the glass and a broad selection of half bottles selections. Wines are fairly moderately priced resulting in several tempting selections.
Wine - 4/5.

Service was professional, cordial, friendly, attentive, patient, and informal.
Service - 4.5/5

Overall - This award winning restaurant was the best in class of all those visited in town. Good food, service, selection, and atmosphere make for a rewarding and memorable dining experience.
Overall rating -

* Visited again on 27 April 2009 - similar experience and rating. The Foie Gras was great.


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